Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging

Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging, also known as CBCT, is considered an important innovation in dental X-ray diagnostics, particularly for dental, oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Unlike regular X-rays, CBCT scans can differentiate among many types of tissue including bone, teeth and nerves.

Benefits of CBCT

CBCT has several advantages over traditional scanning which include the following:

High Resolution and 3-D imaging - This enables subtle structures like root canals or the periodontal ligament to be clearly displayed.

Lower Radiation Exposure - CBCT uses significantly lower radiation than traditional CT scans and has a lower rate of image disturbance caused by metallic structures.

Duplicate Imaging - CBCT provides images of both bone and soft tissue at the same time.

CBCT Applications

Cone Beam CT Scanning (CBCT) is commonly used for pre- and post-operative evaluation and assisting in the treatment of the following:

  • Dental implant placement
  • Displaced or impated teeth
  • Cleft-palate malformations
  • Bone and tooth fractures
  • Maxillary sinus examination
  • Diagnosis of jaw conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ
  • Detection, measurement and treatment of jaw tumors
  • Location of the origin of pain

CBCT is an effective tool in assisting us with various diagnosis and treatments. Depending on a patient's particular condition, Dr. Anderson will decide whether the use of a CBCT is appropriate.



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